Fiddling around with contact lenses everyday, the hassle and cost of making sure you have enough stock, and dealing with glasses that slip down your nose in the heat, are just some of the issues you probably face if you've not been blessedwith perfect vision. We talked to DrCheryl Lee, from the Pacific Eye Centre, about revolutionary new procedures that offer another option
As one of the five senses, sight plays ahuge role in your day-to-day life. Itaffects your ability to drive, to see inbright or low lights and to read.For some glasses is the answer. Others prefer contact lenses.But advances in surgery have brought about a third option, one that can give you near perfect vision without relying on laser surgery or the hassle of glasses and contact lenses; one that can, quite literally, change your life within fiveminutes. That option is permanent contact lenses.
Implantable Contact Lenses (ICLTM) are placed within the eye by a simple surgical procedure. They are made from collamer, which is like collagen, a substance naturally found in the body.
Dr Lee, a retinal surgeon, has more than ten years of experience in the field of ophthalmology, including specialist training in the UK, USA and France. She points out: "Essentially, this is about your quality of life. Wearing contact lenses for many hours a day causes dry and red eyes, and many people end up squinting by the end of the day. Regular contact lenses are also difficult to use during water activities, such as swimming, as there is a real risk of infection. However, implantable lenses work just like your normal contact lens but without the daily hassle and discomfort."
The advantages of Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)